Match 3 Game plus Puzzles and Hidden Objects 52 MB
No Untimed Option PC & Mac No Walkthrough needed
Premise: An idyllic and magical world has been destroyed, and the land is barren and dead. You have been asked to restore that world by creating underground waterways which will reach and nourish the roots of the Trees of Life. You will also restore four Magic Books, which will bring the magic back to the Realm. You have been given a Fairy to assist you. She will locate the source of the Earth’s essence, green with earthly nourishment, and your task is to break through the old, dry underground canals to give the green essence a continuous pathway to the altars that hold the seeds. When all the Trees are restored to life, you will then make pathways for the flow of Fire (to bring warmth up from the deep earth to thaw the frozen land), then Water, and Air, restoring the 4 Elements of the ancient world, for which the game is named.
Hints: Start each round by finding the source of the liquid, and making matches that will enable the liquid to flow towards its destination. ~ If you can’t clear a path where the arrow is telling you to, try someplace else; the hints are just suggestions, not solutions, and there are other alternatives. ~ To keep the bonuses activated and ready for when you need them, match any tiles of the necessary color anywhere you can find them, even in the area you’ve just irrigated, until the bonuses are activated. ~ You don’t have to work strictly in the direction of the flow; sometimes it’s useful to work backwards from the arrow to the pool of liquid. ~ Don’t try to break the metal tiles; they are destroyed by the metal arrows which get released when the flowing liquid touches them… so, wherever there are metal arrows, be sure to always direct the flow towards the metal arrows. ~ Don’t worry about destroying the boulders because the liquid will flow around them. ~ Don’t try to make every match; that is impossible and unnecessary. In this game, the movement of the liquid is more important than the number of matches you make. ~ When you can’t find any more matches, don’t forget your bonuses, which will enable you to switch or remove the blocked tile. ~ The bomb will break ice, and the spade will break up the tan-colored earth behind the colored tile that is blocking the flow.
More Hints: During the Match 3 games, perfection is definitely not needed. Do whatever works, as quickly as possible, before the timer on the right side of the screen runs down. ~ If you find the music too distracting or irritating, mute it in the Options Panel; I recommend you do that automatically if your children play this game, as the music is urgent and very stress-producing. The important music — the fanfares — will still play to congratulate you. ~ And if the sound effects are too loud, you can reduce those, too. ~ The cracking canal walls make a satisfying sound, but I had to lower the volume on my computer in addition to lowering the sound effects levels in Options — that’s how loud the sounds are, especially of the flute — and that’s my only complaint for this game (aside from the timer, of course; I hate timers, but I know many people love them, so what can I say?). ~ If you don’t want to play a timed game, I recommend the sequel, 4 Elements II, which I’ve listed with the easier starter games. That review is here: 4 Elements II
My Review: This game is really well thought out. The puzzles make a good break between Match 3 rounds, and the hidden objects are totally relevant, which really pleases me. But even more significant is the care they put into the illustrations, which are an important aspect of the plot. I’m amazed at how beautiful these games are. The artwork is stunning, and you are creating beauty as you play.
Your fairy guide is really lovely — even the voice-overs are pleasant — and all this beauty and attention to detail is what makes this game stand out above other match 3 games. There are even hidden details within the ivy-covered rocks as you break through the tunnels — a pair of eyes watching you in the shadows, a little door leading who knows where?
My Recommendation: If you like Match 3 games that have a timer, I predict you’ll love this one.